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Identify Wild-Growing Vine

Posted by nnyer Northern NY (Zone 5) (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 16, 14 at 13:58

We're located in the Watertown, NY area. The attached photo shows the overall growth of the plant on the left and a close up on the right. This plant is growing in the wild, under our deck. It is the kind of plant that dies to the ground come winter. I didn't see any thorns, fruits, flowers, or seeds. The newer growth is shiny. The back of the leaves are about the same coloring/shininess as the front; they aren't hairy. The leaves alternate along the stem, have 3 or 5 lobes/are somewhat hand-shaped, and are serrated/spined. The plant is no higher than 3' and, since it is a vine, tends to crawl along the ground, with shoots coming up (some poking out through the slats in our deck). The plant has tendrils as well. Thank you in advance!

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RE: Identify Wild-Growing Vine

Hi from Western NY! It is wild grape.


RE: Identify Wild-Growing Vine

Sweet, thanks fatamorgana!

RE: Identify Wild-Growing Vine

It appears to have a forked tendril, which supposedly denotes some (European) domestic grape ancestry too. Only native Muscadine grapes are immune to Pierce's Disease, so domestic grapes were hybridized with them to confer such resistance.

So what you have may be a Muscadine-domestic hybrid...

Here is a link that might be useful: Forked tendrils

This post was edited by blakrab on Mon, Jun 16, 14 at 22:36

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